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PRSA Phoenix celebrated the 2014 Copper Anvil Awards tonight, which is the Academy Awards of sorts for local PR folks, at Clayton in the Park in Scottsdale.

In fact, earning a Copper Anvil Award is regarded as one of the highest honors in public relations. Over the years, the Copper Anvil Awards have recognized hundreds of winning programs in Arizona that have solved problems, changed opinions and created business opportunities.

The event, chaired by long-time HMA friend, client and co-Copper Anvil winner Susan de Queljoe, was themed “Stepping Up to Excellence.” And if you know anything about PR people, you know we mean business when it comes to a good theme. So much so, in fact, the event included “toe readings!”

But I digress.

We were, of course, honored to take home four awards for our work. But, the real fun of the event was celebrating EVERYONE’S success.

Among the best moments of the night was honoring 2014 Percy Award winner Alan Bunnell of Pinnacle West Capital Corporation/APS. The Percy Award is earned by a professional who has demonstrated excellence in the practice of public relations, is an active supporter of Phoenix PRSA and has made positive contributions to the Phoenix community. The Award is only given when a panel of past recipients agrees on a deserving practitioner. Another highlight – a very personal one – was that one of my very best friends since elementary school, Amy Gochoel, designed the award art. And, a surprise of the night had to be current PRSA Phoenix president Marina Renneke’s absolutely fabulous stage presence and hosting prowess (go, girl!).

We were also so happy to celebrate the successes and big wins by fellow PR friends at the Girl Scout-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, air INTEGRATED, Off Madison Ave. (not to be confused with Off Madison Avenue – as the emcee was a few times!), Moses, Inc., Caliber Group, City of Tempe, Pedene Public Relations, Gordon C. James Public Relations, Ideas Collide Marketing Communications; Allison+Partners; The Arizona Office of Tourism, Town of Gilbert, BAE Systems, American Traffic Solutions, LaneTerrelever, Weight Watchers of Arizona; and the Arizona Exposition & State Fair.

Another major highlight from the event had to be the fashion.

In honor of my hero, Joan Rivers, whom we lost yesterday far too soon, it is only fitting we conclude this event celebration like she always did – showing off all the fashion!  Joan, judge away from above.

Alison Bailin
Alison Bailin
Senior Account Executive Alison has a lot to say…about pretty much everything...all the time. From the current state of public relations to the social media impact on Shark Week to crisis communications in the sports world, Alison’s blogs are focused on “amusing through her PR musings,” and then some. Check out Alison's full bio

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